Annette Kellerman: Hollywood’s first nude star

She became a vaudeville star in London and the US, developing a form of underwater ballet combined with high diving. In July 1907, the Chicago Herald Tribune advised its readers: “None should fail to see Miss Kellerman, as she is not only an expert swimmer but a beautiful woman, who is at her best in her bathing suit.” In that city she wowed crowds by diving 72ft from the topmast of a steamship. By 1914, she was earning $ 2,500 a week for her shows, the equivalent of around $ 60,000 (£ 41,000) today.

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